Mental Health Week: The View From Montpelier

Mar 24, 2017

We've been discussing the many challenges that the state mental health system and those experiencing mental illness are facing. Now we hear about some of the ideas that the Legislature has for fixing the problems.

This show is part of a weeklong series of 'Vermont Edition' programs related to mental health care.
Credit Silhouette Vector by kolae, iStockphoto.com; Graphic by Meg Malone, VPR

S.133 is a major bill that looks at a number of solutions, including reducing turnover at designated agencies by increasing the base pay for staff and offering reduced tuition to attract more students in the psychiatric and substance abuse treatment fields. Other bills being discussed at the State House propose other changes to improve the mental health system or would allow psychologists the privilege of prescribing medications.

Senator Claire Ayer, chair of the Senate Health and Welfare Committee, and Mary Moulton, executive director of Washington County Mental Health Services, join us to discuss the bills being consider at the State House.

This program is part of a weeklong series on Vermont Edition looking at issues related to mental health care and Vermonters' lives. Find more on the "Mental Health Week" series here.

Broadcast live on Friday, March 24, 2017 at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.